Updates for a New Year!


Hello friends!

I call you that because I mean it.  I've had this blog for over eleven years at this point.  Longer than I have had my shop even.  We have been through some stuff together, you and I.  Babies and moving. Hopes and dreams. Devastation and hard times.  This has been a good place for growing and I have gotten to know some of you as dear, dear friends.

For a while I wondered if it was time to let this place go.  Shut it down and move on to new things.  Instagram is now the place where I tend to let my random thoughts flow but those are harder to keep track of than here. I love it but I don't sometimes.

If you're still following along, you'll notice that this blog has become backup to Instagram for me. Holding recipes or things I want to share with you.  And I think that is a good fit, for now.  I think it's transformation is complete-ish.  I may sneak over here with a heart dump now and then and I think that still suits it as well. 

As we sit here, almost at the beginning of a brand new year, I can't help but think about what I want for and from my business in 2018.  One thing keeps coming to mind: depth of relationships.  I adore the friends I have made through this strange life I've been given. I've had online friends since before it was socially acceptable. Depth and breadth has been added to my life through this online place and it is so precious to me because of that.

So many dear people from all over the world have shown up for me with words and actions when I have needed them, often without them knowing it.  In 2017 I have made a point to get to know as many of my customers as I possibly can and the fruit of that is beyond what I could have hoped for.  I love being a personal sewist for so many of them.

I can't tell you how many emails I get that start with "I have this crazy idea...." and because there are real relationships involved I also get the honor of "Can I ask you to pray for...". And that is even more precious to me. The deeper the relationships, the more fulfilling my work is.

Because of that, I have struggled with creating an online shop.  I love my currently method of email and google form because it causes interaction between myself and my wonderful customers. We email and share and become friends.  I don't want to lose that.  So I am keeping it in place as my preferred way of doing business. 

I'll also move forward with the online shop for new folks and referrals. You can check it out here if you'd like: Little Bit Funky Shopify (it's still a work in progress).

In the meantime, I look forward to what the year holds.  New friends and old ones.  And maybe some healing.

xo

Brown Butter Cookies

Brown butter is one of my FAVORITE cooking smells ever.  If that aroma is part of the cooking process, you know the result will be amazing. In fact, I always say that if I ever opened a bakery or cafe, it would be called "Brown Butter".  So this is love.  I had high hopes for these cookies from Sally's Baking blog.

The results did not disappoint. The cookies have a rich deep flavor that reminds you of caramel or toffee.  They are amazing and totally different from any other cookie I have had. :)

Want to make some?

Learn how to make brown butter over at Sally's blog. It's quite simple.

Here's how I made them (a little different from hers)

Brown Butter Cookies
Two sticks of browned butter cooled a bit
2 cups and 2 tbl of All Purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2tsp of salt
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 brown sugar (I always use dark brown sugar)
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Combine butter and sugars in a large bowl, mixing with a mixer.  Add in egg and vanilla.  Slowly add in flour and mix until well combined.

Using a 1 inch cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough, dab into sprinkles and place on a cookie sheet that will fit in your refrigerator. (see below for photos of that. This method works with any kind of cookies you *have* to roll, which I hate doing.)   Refrigerate for about 30 minutes then place 12 to a standard cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 12 minutes until edges brown. 

 Start with a 1 inch cookie scoop..
 ...overfill it when you do. 
 ...round it off.  Kind of "completing" the ball...
 ...dab into the sprinkles....
 ...like so....
...use the pop it out and onto the pan.  This also worked great with Chocolate Crinkle cookies...

Have fun baking!

xoxo

Best Pumking Pie (no creepy canned milk product!)


This pie is just the best.  I will never make another pumpkin pie that is made with a canned milk product (that usually tastes like the can).  This pie has a wonderful taste because instead of canned milk, you use cream cheese.  My husband even liked it, and he does not normally eat pie.

The recipe is from Modern Honey and you can find an excellent all butter recipe crust there too! 

Use your pie crust of choice (the Pioneer woman has an excellent recipe).

Prepare a pie pan with your choice of unbaked crust.  Prick the bottom with a fork.

For the filling:
8oz cream cheese softened
15oz pumpkin puree
1/2cup melted butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
3 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4tsp salt

Whip the cream cheese until fluffy.  Add in pumpkin puree.  Add in melted butter and vanilla.  Continue to mix.  Add in one egg at a time until combined. Add powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Pour into crust.  Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  Change oven temp to 350 and bake for 40-45 minutes.  Cover with foil towards the end if the crust starts to brown too much. 

Chill and enjoy in your favorite way!

Love Came Down - A Free Printable



Hi friends!

Here is this week's free printable! I paired it with a fresh loaf of bread (recipe here) and some cinnamon butter).   It's a full week of busy holiday plans but we can't forget to love!!

Grab the free printable HERE.

P.S. My preferred method of printing these is to drag it to a word file, resize it to a size that works for me and tile it on the page and print that way onto cardstock.

You can also download the shutterfly app and order them as 4 by 6in prints for FREE if you pay shipping. This printable would be great for lots of things, not just teachers! Lunch boxes, notes to a friend and more!
 

We have this Hope. Free Printable


Hi friends!

Here is this week's free printable! I paired it with some fresh Krumkake we made as a family.   I hope your holiday season is off to a good start! :)

Grab the free printable HERE.

P.S. My preferred method of printing these is to drag it to a word file, resize it to a size that works for me and tile it on the page and print that way onto cardstock.

You can also download the shutterfly app and order them as 4 by 6in prints for FREE if you pay shipping. This printable would be great for lots of things, not just teachers! Lunch boxes, notes to a friend and more!
 
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